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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Games

Philadelphia at Detroit

Detroit has won two in a row, allowing just 29 total points. The Eagles have lost two straight and just gave up 521 yards to the Buccaneers.

Gworek's Pick: Detroit, 27–26.

Carolina at Dallas

The Pantheras have won 14 straight in the regular season, the NFL’s longest active streak. The Cowboys are 3–0 with Tony Romo, 0–7 without.

Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 30–24.

Chicago at Green Bay

Green Bay at least one takeaway in every game and is 6–0 when rushing for at least 100 yards. The Bears are averaging just 18 points allowed in four games since their bye.

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 23–13.

Sunday's Games

Oakland at Tennessee

The Raiders make another trip East and are already just 1–3 outside the Pacific Time Zone. Then again, the Titans are 0–5 at home.

Gworek's Pick: Oakland, 28–20.

Buffalo at Kansas City

The Bills held New England to its lowest point total of the season. The Chiefs haven’t allowed more than 18 points in a game since Oct. 4.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 16­–14.

N.Y. Giants at Washington

The Giants won the first meeting thanks to winning the turnover battle, 3–0. The Redskins turned it over five times this past Sunday.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Giants, 31–27.

Tampa Bay at Indianapolis

The Colts escaped against Atlanta despite a season-low 276 yards and three turnovers. The Bucs put up a season-high 521 yards against Philadelphia.

Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 24–21.

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New Orleans at Houston

Houston has won three straight and not allowed more than 267 yards in those games. The Saints have lost two in a row and are 1–4 on the road.

Gworek's Pick: Houston, 20–14.

Minnesota at Atlanta

The Vikings had their five-game winning streak snapped by Green Bay. The Falcons have lost four of five and turned the ball over 16 times in their last six games.

Gworek's Pick: Minnesota, 23–17

St. Louis at Cincinnati

The Rams have lost three straight, scoring just 44 points. The Bengals have lost two in a row after an 8–2 start. Someone needs to get back on track.

Gworek's Pick: Cincinnati, 24–13.

San Diego at Jacksonville

All the injuries and close losses caught up to the Chargers, who lost by 30 last week. The Jags have won two in a row and are still in the AFC South race.

Gworek's Pick: Jacksonville, 17–13.

Miami at N.Y. Jets

Miami’s offense produced just 210 yards and seven points against Dallas. The Jets were not much better (267 yards) against Houston.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Jets, 16–10.

Arizona at San Francisco

Carson Palmer leads the NFL in passer rating and is 24–8 as Arizona’s starter.  San Francisco’s Blaine Gabbert has a 6–23 career record.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 33–17.

Pittsburgh at Seattle

Both of these teams are in the NFL’s top 10 in points allowed. Seattle ranks second in total defense but 23rd in takeaways. Pittsburgh is eighth in takeaways but 23rd in total defense.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 24–21.

New England at Denver

Neither quarterback should get comfortable in this one: Denver leads the league in sacks with 34; New England ranks second with 32.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 20–10.

Monday's Game

Baltimore at Cleveland

The Ravens lost both Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett to injury against the Rams. Cleveland hasn’t won since beating Baltimore in overtime on Oct. 11.

Gworek's Pick: Browns, 13–7.

Week 11 Record: 8–6

Overall Record: 93–67